The mother of a Dayton Public Schools student who has cerebral palsy and was assaulted by a teacher has filed a civil complaint against the district and the educator.
In a complaint filed Tuesday with the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, Tamikio Burrage said she is seeking damages after her 17-year-old son, Keith Wills Jr., was struck by Georgia Cox, an intervention specialist at Meadowdale High School.
On Oct. 11, 2012, Cox struck Wills in the school auditorium with a closed fist hard enough for his wheelchair to move backward even though the wheels were locked, the lawsuit states.
Cox was suspended by the school and later charged with felony assault by a caretaker. A jury found her guilty of the charge in June and she was placed on community control for five years.
The court forbade Cox from working in any capacity where she has authority or control of a minor in a vulnerable state. Cox did file a notice of appeal.
Burrage said the event was very painful for her son, and he is still struggling with fear and anxiety. She said Cox and the district are liable for his pain and suffering.
She said the district had a responsibility to keep her son safe and it is liable for Cox's actions.
The lawsuit does not specify an amount sought in damages. Burrage is not represented by any attorney. She said she recently learned she only had until Friday to file the lawsuit.
Dayton Public School officials did not immediately return request for comment Wednesday night.
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